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Gannon, Gregoire help UMBC race past Mercer

Posted on 11 March 2014 by WNST Staff

BALTIMORE – UMBC outscored visiting Mercer, 7-0, in the third quarter and the Retrievers went on to defeat the Bears, 15-6, at UMBC Stadium.

Five Retrievers posted three or more points – led by four points on two goals and two assists by sophomore midfielder Jack Gannon (Lake Ronkonkoma, N.Y./Sachem North). Attackman Matt Gregoire (Crofton, Md./South River) was the lone UMBC player to tally three goals and the senior continues to lead the squad with 13 scores in five games.

UMBC won its third game in the last four outings and improved to 3-2 on the season, while Mercer slipped to 2-3.

With the host Retrievers holding a narrow 4-2 halftime edge, Gannon scored his sixth and seventh goals of the season in a span of 2:30 in the first five minutes of the third quarter. UMBC would add five more goals in the period – all by different scorers – and held Mercer scoreless for over 27 minutes until they stopped the surge on a goal 35 seconds in the fourth quarter.

UMBC outshot Mercer, 16-1, in the third period, and 49-28 for the contest. Red-shirt freshman goalkeeper Connor Gordon (Bourne, Mass./Tabor Academy) made 10 saves and allowed six goals in 54:14 of work. Gordon, who entered play sixth in the nation with 13.5 saves per game, has 10 or more saves in all five outings in 2014. Mercer sophomore netminder Mike Nugent amassed 14 saves against a season-high total of shots by the Retrievers.

Mercer attackmen James Tautkus and Zack Ward led the visitors with three goals each.

Gregoire got the scoring underway for UMBC with an unassisted score just 1:41 into the contest. The Retrievers led, 3-1, after 15 minutes, but the pace slowed in the second quarter as the teams went scoreless for the final 10:45 of the stanza.

Senior midfielder Zach Linkous (Jarrettsville, Md./St. Paul’s), junior midfielder Ty Kashur (Manassas, Va./CCBC-Essex) and freshman attackman Grant Searfoss(Nazareth, Pa./Nazareth Area) all tallied two goals and an assist for the Retrievers.

UMBC entered the game averaging 15 turnovers per contest, but suffered only eight give-aways in the game, with just four occurring in the first 45 minutes. The Retrievers cleared successfully 15-of-16 times in the contest.

UMBC hits the road for three consecutive games, beginning with a March 15 contest at High Point.

Notes: UMBC went 3-1 on the homestand…. Gannon now has six goals and four assists in his last three games… Searfoss played in just his second game of the season and scored his first three collegiate points versus the Bears… The 15 goals scored by UMBC was a season high… Gregoire now has nine career hat tricks, including three in his last four games.

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UMBC hopes to bounce back Tuesday against Mercer

Posted on 10 March 2014 by WNST Staff

Men’s Lacrosse Hosts Mercer on Tuesday Evening

SET THE SCENE: UMBC plays its first of two evening, mid-week games of the 2014 season on Tuesday, March 11, when they host the Mercer Bears at UMBC Stadium. Both teams are 2-2 on the season and both have defeated one common opponent, Richmond. The two squads have never met on the lacrosse field, as Mercer is competing in its fourth NCAA Division I campaign. Kevin O’Neill has all the play-by-play action beginning at 7:25 p.m. and video streaming is available via the America East digital network.

RETRIEVER UPDATE: Fueled by sophomore midfielder Pat Young, the UMBC men’s lacrosse team rallied from six goals down to pull within one twice, but could not get over the top, falling to No. 3 Johns Hopkins, 15-8, Saturday afternoon at UMBC Stadium. Young scored four goals and added an assist in the contest and red-shirt freshman netminder Connor Gordon made 16 saves, but JHU outscored UMBC, 6-0, in the final 15 minutes to pull away.  Gordon is ranked sixth in the nation with 13.5 saves per game and is 11th in save percentage at 58.7%. R A Matt Gregoire continues to lead the Retrievers in scoring with 10 goals and 11 total points. Young, who scored four goals and added an assist versus Hopkins, is now just behind with seven goals and three helpers. SO M Jack Gannon, who scored a career-best four points (2g, 2a) versus Hopkins, and Young are the only Retrievers with points in all four games to date.

BEAR UPDATE: Mercer is 2-2 on the season and has not played a game versus NCAA Division I competition since an 11-7 victory in an Atlantic Sun match against Richmond on Feb. 22. The Bears opened the season with a 17-6 victory over Boston U., and then dropped road contests at Michigan (20-7) and Detroit (11-10).  Mercer scored five fourth quarter goals to book a historic 11-7 win over Richmond in the first official Atlantic Sun Conference lacrosse game in Macon, Ga. Eight different Mercer players found the net in the win, led by senior attackman Zack Ward‘s three goal effort. Sophomore goalkeeper Mike Nugent faced 24 shots on goal and made 17 saves in the win to improve to 2-2 on the season. Ward has scored 13 goals and has 17 total points to lead Mercer in both categories. Sophomore attackman Chris Baxa has scored nine goals in support of Ward.
WHO’S UP NEXT: UMBC is in the midst of a stretch where they play five times in 15 days. They head to North Carolina on Friday for a Saturday contest at High Point. The opening face-off is set for noon.

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Towson tops Mercer in OT for first win of season

Posted on 24 February 2013 by WNST Staff

Towson, Md. – Junior Thomas DeNapoli scored the game winner with 1:04 left in overtime to lead Towson men’s lacrosse (1-3) to a 9-8 win over Mercer (1-2) on Sunday at Unitas Stadium.

“I’m proud of our guys for finding a way to win today,” said head coach Shawn Nadelen. “Getting win No. 1 in the books was important, and I hope this game moves us in the right direction for the rest of the season.”

Mercer went on a fivegoal run over the end of the third quarter and the start of the fourth to take an 8-5 lead with 9:22 left in the game. Towson regrouped and scored the final four goals of the game (including DeNapoli’s game winner) for the win. During that four-goal run, DeNapoli scored three times.

Chris Baxa led the Bears with four goals, and Zack Ward had two. Four Bears tallied an assist apiece.

The first quarter was a low-scoring affair, ending tied 1-1. Mercer took a 2-1 lead on a Baxa goal right off the first face-off of the second quarter. But senior Matt Hughes combined with sophomore Justin Mabus at 7:24 for a goal that keyed a 3-0 run to put Towson up 4-2 at the start of the third quarter.

Mercer would not go away, however. After sophomore Greg Cuccinello gave the Tigers a 5-3 lead at 5:50 in the third, the Bears scored the next five goals. In the middle of that run, Mercer took its first lead of the game on a Ward tally at 12:07 in the fourth. DeNapoli stemmed the tide with his second of a career-high-tying four goals at 9:10.

DeNapoli’s goal was the first of three Tiger goals in the span of 40 seconds. Towson won the ensuing face-off and sophomore Cory Dobyns connected with classmate Ben McCarty score just 14 seconds later to inch the Tigers within one, 8-7, at 8:56 in the final quarter of regulation. DeNapoli knotted the score at 8-8 26 seconds later.

The teams were in a stalemate for the rest of the quarter. Despite a late Towson penalty that gave the Bears a man advantage with four seconds left in regulation, neither team was able to score until DeNapoli found the back of the cage for the game winner.

Towson out-shot Mercer 35-31, but the Bears won the ground ball and face-off battles 34-33 and 12-8,respectively. Senior Andrew Wascavage made seven saves for Towson, while Mike Nugent stopped 11 shots for Mercer.

Towson has a week off before returning to action on Saturday, March 2 when the Tigers travel to Mount St. Mary’s at 7 p.m.


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Towson continues pursuit of first win Sunday against Mercer

Posted on 23 February 2013 by WNST Staff

Opening Face-Off
Towson finishes its three-game homestand still looking for its first win of the season. The Tigers dropped a pair of games last week to No. 4 Johns Hopkins and No. 2 Loyola. Mercer is coming off a 15-3 loss to No. 14 Duke in Durham, N.C. Today’s game is scheduled to start at 1 p.m. and the game can be heard live on the Towson Sports Network on www.towsontigers.com withSpiro Morekas and Hunter Lochte calling the action.

Updating the Tigers
Towson has started 0-3 for the second time in four years after dropping a 14-9 decision to No. 2 Loyola on Wednesday. Junior Thomas DeNapoli set a career high with four goals while junior Andrew Hodgson and sophomore Greg Cuccinello each chipped in a pair of tallies. Senior Andrew Wascavage made nine saves.

Scouting the Bears
Mercer is 1-1 after defeating Rollins 13-3 in its season opener and losing at No. 14 Duke, 15-3. Cole Branchis the Bears’ leading scorer (3-4-7). Zach Ward is their most prolific shooter, scoring three goals on 17 shots for the season. Mike Nugent has started both games in goal and has an 8.88 goals-against-average and a save percentage of .595.

Towson-Mercer Series History
Towson played Mercer in 2012 – the Bears’ first season playing Division I lacrosse. Towson won 17-8 at Mercer on March 31, 2012.

Towson vs. Mercer Facts and Figures

All-Time Series Record Towson leads, 1-0
at Towson Towson leads, 1-0
at Mercer 0-0
at Neutral Sites 0-0
at Unknown Sites 0-0
First Meeting 2012 – Towson 17, Mercer 8
Last Meeting 2012 – Towson 17, Mercer 8
Streak Towson +1

 

 

 

 

 

 

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